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March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm

SFNR on Quarry Hill, Redmires; The Sheffield Pals Sep '14

“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012

Planning and riding a SFNR makes me think and these thoughts can sometimes be profound. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle recently. I found my perfect motto or aphorism for SFNR
“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon

Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
23rd June 2017
Return to Wentworth
Start 6.30pm Sheffield Tap

Ride led by Simon Geller

Wentworth Woodhouse came back into the public eye after the book “Black Diamonds”, and extraordianry tale of the rise and fall of one of England’s most wealthy and powerful families was published. On On 24 November 1954, Simon Geller was born and on 24 November 2017, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond gave the Wentworth Trust £7.8m to protect the fabric of the building.  What will be the future of the building from now on? Will cycling be allowed through the grounds? Join us as we revisit this remarkable place.

Our Recce Ride on Strava





SFNR is likely to be haphazard for a while. I have not planned much out beyond September 2016. I’m taking things easy at the moment.

There are lots of ideas and they are on the Future Sheffield FNR page. If you want to turn one of these ideas into a ride or have ideas for another theme then let me know at
Rides may be put on so get on the email list ( or like the fb page.
SFNR is also on twitter as @sheffieldfnr. Tweets are usually announcements only.

Next Sheffield FridayNightRide
9 September 2016
Zeppelin over Sheffield
Start 6.30pm Sheffield Tap

Sheffield’s first air raid was in Sep 1916 when a single Zeppelin flew over on the night of 25/26 Sep. The crew dropped its whole complement of 36 bombs, which killed 29 people (all from Pitsmoor), injured another 19, and destroyed or damaged nigh on 90 buildings. The first bomb dropped in Burngreave Cemetery nr the Melrose Rd entrance and the subsequent bombs dropped along the path of the flight from Pitsmoor across Attercliffe with the last bombs falling in Darnall. I’ve pieced together 22 bomb sites in the sequence they fell. The ride route will be finally determined later on and the map of the bomb sites and the likely route we will ride is here if you’re interested

This ride is part of events for Heritage Open Days and is directly linked to a display organised by the Friends of Burngreave Chapel about the Zeppelin Raid and WWI.
The display will be one of the Heritage Open Days events and will be in the chapel in Burngreave Cemetery on Sat 10 & Sun 11 September.
Yours truly will be leading a guided walking tour of the cemeterySunday 11 September at 1pm and the tour will include visiting the graves we can find of 19 of the 25 of the victims of the Zeppelin Raid.
(Three victims were buried in Abbey Lane and one victim was buried in City Rd and the rest in Burngreave are no longer marked)
More Details on Next Sheffield FNR
and there is an interesting proposal from a nightrider for a ride on the theme of Gardens and Squares, which we will be sorting out soon-ish

Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen

I think Russell’s Bike Shed, Bike ReHab and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details

Learn how to use the

Private Eye No. 1326 Lance Armstrong Puncture Repair outfit

Sheffield Cycle Jumble – May and October, book early if you want to have a table; it gets busy and is a great event to go to
Mark’s contact details are on the poster for the jumble if you want to book a table for a jumble.

More Rides
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.

Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great modern Sheffield tune about Sheffielders and we can la la la as we pedal

The Times Cities fit for cycling Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.

Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this

Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.

“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”


“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”

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